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The Supreme Court held a special sitting on September 30, 2022, for the formal investiture ceremony of Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. From left to right are Associate Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas; Chief Justice John G. Roberts; and Associate Justices Ketanji Brown Jackson, Samuel Alito, Elena Kagan and Brett Kavanaugh.

Released hours before the new year, the Supreme Court year-end report reminisces about a much older decision: Brown v. Board of Education - a decision used by Chief Justice John Roberts o convey a plea to uphold the court’s rulings.  Read more»

COVID relief funds may buy 3,600 Tucson Unified School District students iPads if the governing board accepts grant money.

The Amphi Governing Board will take up its decades-old deseg troubles when it meets Tuesday. Over in TUSD, studetns will get iPads when district SKILLfully launches with the new school year. Read more»

Un manifestante a favor de los estudios étnicos frente a la sede de TUSD en 2011.

Casi 50 años después de que comenzara un pleito por abolición de la segregación, el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Tucson fue liberado de la supervisión después de cumplir las órdenes judiciales durante una batalla legal de décadas, falló un juez esta semana. Read more»

A pro-Ethnic Studies demonstrator outside TUSD headquarters in 2011.

Nearly 50 years after a desegregation lawsuit began, the Tucson Unified School District has been released from oversight after successfully following court orders during a decades-long legal battle, a federal judge ruled this week. Read more»

Nearly seven decades after the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, the court’s declared goal of integrated education is still not yet achieved. Read more»

Political change has been clearest in the Atlanta suburbs, where Black migration led to a wholesale shift from Republican to Democratic victories in state and national votes.

Increasing urban diversity in Southern states is complicating Republican efforts to keep the reins of statehouse power and chip away at Democratic control of Congress - but there is no guarantee that growing Black, Hispanic and Asian populations will erode GOP power. Read more»

Foster during a 2017 TUSD Governing Board meeting.

"The apocalyptic financial forecast posited by my former TUSD Board colleague Mark Stegeman is convoluted at best, and don’t forget, very calculated in time for your three votes on the ballot for TUSD." — TUSD Board President Kristel Foster Read more» 6

TUSD Governing Board members Mike Hicks, Mark Stegeman, Adelita Grijalva and Rachael Sedgwick at a meeting in 2017.

"TUSD has cash problems. Unsustainable operating deficits are driving it relentlessly toward a fiscal reckoning. Reports from TUSD’s internal auditor show that longstanding weaknesses in internal controls remain widespread. The Governing Board should embrace its statutory responsibility to address these issues." — former school board member Mark Stegeman Read more» 3

An Arizona Tax Court judge smacked down a tax hike on Tucson Unified School District property owners, thwarting another 11th-hour effort by the Legislature to end tax subsidy for education.

Told ya so: Demonstrating the acme of futility, the Legislature discovered again that it has no Wonder Twin powers to make the Arizona Constitution disappear. Slamming bills into law without public comment doesn't help. Read more»

Tom Prezelski: 'In the last few days, state Rep. Todd Clodfelter announced a 'desegregation town hall.' While having an open public forum to discuss this issue is something this community needs, it is pretty clear that this is not what the event is going to be about." Read more»

The government's role in desegregating the nation's schools has been marked by an absence of attention and action.

The federal government’s vigilance in enforcing the court-backed desegregation of the country’s schools is a shadow of what it once was. Read more»

Despite months of court-ordered negotiations led by a special master, there remains much contention over Tucson Unified School District's desegregation programs. Parties to lawsuits first filed in 1974 and the district filed their objections to a "Unitary Status Plan" also filed Friday. (complete documents) Read more»

A federal appeals court Tuesday said a lower court should not have lifted a decades-long desegregation order against TUSD. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said a federal judge was wrong to grant the school district "unitary" -- non-segregated -- status in 2009. Read more» 1


On his final day in office, Arizona schools chief Tom Horne said Tucson Unified School District's must end its Mexican-American studies program. which he said violates a new state law. TUSD's new superintendent, John Pedicone, said Monday that the district is "passionate about the program," which serves 1200 students. Read more» 1